Daily D – Luke 1:76-79
“And you, my little son,
will be called the prophet of the Most High,
because you will prepare the way for the Lord.
You will tell his people how to find salvation
through forgiveness of their sins.
Because of God’s tender mercy,
the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us to the path of peace.”
LUKE 1:76-79 (NLT)
We had limited rain for about three years. It was quite a dry spell. Lakes and rivers were drying up. One community to the west of us saw their city lake completely disappear.
Then one day it started raining. In two weeks’ time, it had rained so much that every lake, river, and stream, every pond in the fields was full to overflowing.
Read Luke 1 beginning with verse 5. It is a story about an older man, an older woman, an angel, and a baby. Zechariah and Elizabeth were childless. They were likely in their forties. Priests retired at age fifty and became mentors and instructors to their younger proteges.
Couples who are unable to conceive naturally after two decades of marriage are most likely not going to have children. For a couple in a culture that found significant purpose in carrying on their family lines, this was deeply disappointing.
Zechariah was carrying out his priestly duty as part of his rotation when he had an encounter with Gabriel (v. 19). This is the same angel who paid a visit to Mary (1:28) with the news about Jesus.
Zechariah, a man of faith and duty, hesitated.
“How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years,” (verse 18).
Gabriel tells Zechariah in verse 19 that he would be unable to speak until the baby was born due to his doubt.
Three years of drought. Nine months without speaking. Is there a little similarity here?
The skies opened and the words showered down upon everyone when Elizabeth gave birth to John and, eight days later, he was circumcised and named. The man long silent now suddenly spoke. Verses 68-79 are his prophecy from God about John’s special future.
Zechariah had been preparing for this day for months. He had been thinking these thoughts, pondering all Gabriel had said to him. He had leaned into the glory of what this meant.
John would prepare the way for the Messiah. God’s tender mercies would awaken the world to a new day with light from heaven “to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace,” (verses 77 and 78).
Those conditions, darkness and the shadow of death, sound a lot like 2020, don’t they? Don’t miss the last line, Zechariah’s famous last words: “and to guide us to the path of peace.”
There is a pathway forward this Christmas. A better day is coming. There is light for our darkening world. May every Christmas light and candle remind you of this truth.
I will follow God’s path of peace into his glorious light.
Our Father, lead us through and out of this season of darkness and death. Lead us into your new day of light and life. Guide us down your path of peace. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.